Our Vision:

Thriving American Cities

From Richmond, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, many cities across the nation continue to face significant economic challenges. These cities – and the people who live there – are essential to the nation’s economic future. With the right leaders, collaborating partners, new solutions and bold actions, these places and their people can achieve economic turnarounds and prosper.

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Planning & Implementation

We partner with elected local leaders in economically challenged communities to develop and implement recovery strategies.

Peer Learning

We facilitate opportunities for local leaders to connect and share insight, experience, and challenges with their peers in other cities.


We conduct research to provide local leaders and state and federal policymakers with information they need to adopt policies that foster economic revitalization in economically challenged cities.

Success Story

A Cross-Cutting Approach in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights, Ohio is an inner ring suburb of 45,000 residents that has lost nearly 10% of its population since 2000. Working with the city manager, the Network provided advice on how the city could best facilitate redevelopment of a failing, privately-owned, 65-acre mall, practical support for better using technology and data to drive code enforcement, and a strategy for the launch of a partnership with a community development corporation to drive neighborhood revitalization.

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Worcester County, Maryland (@WorcesterCounty) intends to go big on #Broadband!

The County is applying for multiple state and federal grants to push construction ahead to #Rural portions of the county: via @oceancitytoday

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Worcester approves large broadband grant application

Talkie Communications will apply for a $20 million grant to assist in broadband construction after the Worcester County Commissioners approved the app...


The Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) grant program is open for applications! Crucial funding to grow and skill up your region's #Workforce, incubate new small businesses, and more!

Due in @grantsdotgov by April 19: via @usdaRD

Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grants

This program offers grant assistance to create and augment high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, support industry clusters and m...


Happy 2022! The changing of the year comes with new leadership for many of our #LocalGov partners.

In this thread, we welcome several new mayors, and highlight outgoing mayors for their leadership and service. 1/x

The City's robust, three-pronged anti-violence strategy is intended to address root causes of violence by providing critical supports, skills and opportunities for young people in Providence.

Learn more about these critical investments here: http://bit.ly/3K8NjhN

We are still working toward a more perfect union, following the teachings of #MLK, and many others that came before us. #MLKDay2022

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